Viacom Pulls Reruns of "Roseanne" Over Racist Tweet

Michael Fishman

Barr also criticized her co-stars overnight, including Michael Fishman, who played her youngest child, D.J., on her hit show "Roseanne" and its revival, for speaking out against her.

Barr told a supporter of Sykes: "her tweet made ABC very nervous and they cancelled the show".

Barr also blamed her offending tweet on a popular sleeping pill. The actress came under fire recently for her outspoken support of Trump just before the Roseanne reboot aired.

Sanofi, the company which makes the hypnotic sleep aid, wasn't impressed.

But the drug's manufacturer, Sanofi, said in a statement: "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication". It premiered in March to record-breaking ratings, scoring over 18-million viewers with its premiere, before dipping to about 10-million by season's end, but still remaining the No. 1 scripted primetime television series in the 18-49 demo.

Barr's defenders insist that the racist tweet was just a joke. She revealed that, after seeing Barr's tweets, she'd called her manager to quit Roseanne, which was exactly when she discovered that the series had already been canceled by the network. I viewed those tweets as obvious lunacy, the easily-dismissed ramblings of an unhinged personality. The worst of her recent racist statements included comparing former Obama administration official Valerie Jarrett, who is a person of color, to an ape.

She has a history of diving into political conspiracy theories on Twitter, and that's how she ended her Memorial Day weekend.

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Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett during a roundtable with President Barack Obama on Hurricane Katrina at Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Taking to Twitter, Trump wanted to know why the U.S. network said sorry to Jarrett, but not to him for statements that were made on the network about him.

Barr's combative stance seemed at odds with a series of seemingly honest apologies for what she had done.

In the tweet Barr said Jarrett was "a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and the "Planet of the Apes". "I'm exhausted of being attacked and belittled more than other comedians who have said worse". At one point she said she believes she was sacked because of fears over a potential boycott of the show's advertisers.

- What will ABC schedule Tuesdays at 8 p.m. this fall in place of "Roseanne?". "There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing", added her boss, Disney CEO Bob Iger.

The White House has accused the entertainment industry of "hypocrisy" over its condemnation of Roseanne Barr following a racist tweet.

Barr also said her firing "worked out" because she "would leave when they started to try to censor me".

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